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Old 10-26-2012, 08:37 PM   #151
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two of us are headed up for the cowbell sunday. i am not sure what i am getting myself into. but i like challenges and i guess there is no better way to put the first scratch on my new 500 then a good old enduro. i am by far not a everyday motorcycle racer. but i have raced cars at skagit speedway and i did the desert 100 2 years ago. i have ridden all the trails at walker valley and i cannot wait to see what this private property has to offer. anyone have feedback from last years dual sport cowbell enduro?

Oh Guns you going to Come? i heard there might be around 9 miles of road. but that is not guaranteed. just going from what i heard from one person to another.

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well, since your out on the peninsula, the only place you can really ride out your back door too are Tahyuah, Green Mtn, and maybe some of the trails in Quilcene area..

I am not much of an enduro/ISDE racer.. I have done a few, but not this one. The Cowbell does have a reputation for being wicked tough in years past though. Here's a quote from a little write up on the NMA website a couple of years ago

".... A National Enduro never returned to Bellingham. But all was vindicated for Lyle when in 2004; Dirt Bike magazine published an article entitled "My toughest race [What doesn't kill you makes you tougher.] In which 11 pro racers give 15 examples of 9 different races. Two of those races were put on by the MBMC with Lyle at the helm. Mike Lafferty included the Cowbell as his toughest race and I read he's a classic mud and gunk racer. Ty Davis summed up a Cowbell quite well "...My last sad event was a National Enduro in Bellingham. Some lunatic on a YZ 490 was the promoter; it rained, it was freezing, and it was nasty. The terrain was slimy, muddy, rutty and it just plain sucked. We haven't been back since and I'm happy about that."

Having said that, they have since moved the venue from Walker Valley which has some of the nastiest terrain ever to see a trail, and they now run it up from their own property if I am not mistaken. Plus, it's an ISDE format now, so your not on the gas all the time.. not to say it's easy, but difficulty is all relative anyway, and really weather dependent.. but one thing for sure, these guys have decades of experience in putting on well run events, as most, if not all of the clubs around Western WA and Oregon.

I'd personally wait for spring and ride the Shelton Enduro (much closer to you) or the Blackbear which is held at Tahuya.. both are a hoot, and way more reasonable for this old pup.. heh..

EDIT.. P.S. If you really are interested in the event, or really, more single track related riding, go on over to Thumpertalk.com and to the Northwest forums(http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/33-northwest/) . Not that there arn't plenty of single track riders here, but Thumpertalk is kind of the de-facto site for discussions about local trail riding/racing etc.
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Old 10-26-2012, 08:55 PM   #152
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Its not about the minutes
It's about how chewed up the holes are gonna be by the time I get there with my bald trials tire.
OIC, didn't think this thread was searyass.
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Old 10-27-2012, 08:27 PM   #153
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I guess that prolly means you don't want to go snorkeling at Tahuya on your Monday day off I'm free, and also moderately mud averse after a week in the desert.
I'm gonna skip the Cowbell

So we should have a ride Monday.
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Old 10-28-2012, 02:53 PM   #154
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I left you a voicemail. Maybe Tahuya tomorrow?
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:34 PM   #155
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I left you a voicemail. Maybe Tahuya tomorrow?
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Old 10-28-2012, 06:19 PM   #156
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So are you going to ride? Show us some pics please. We don't remember what the color green looks like. Browny green I know, but green green..... Hmmmmmm
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Old 10-28-2012, 07:16 PM   #157
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So are you going to ride? Show us some pics please. We don't remember what the color green looks like. Browny green I know, but green green..... Hmmmmmm
Had some rides.... all green, Mr Green. Get on up here and i'll show ya.

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Old 10-29-2012, 01:55 PM   #158
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Aaaah - my eyes are burning!
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Old 10-29-2012, 05:36 PM   #159
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Aaaah - my eyes are burning!
BTW you'll never guess the name of that riding area..... Mr. Green
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Old 10-30-2012, 01:09 PM   #160
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BTW you'll never guess the name of that riding area..... Mr. Green

Did you get a dose of amphibious adventure at Tahuya? Not many Joshua trees to dodge around there, eh?
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Old 10-30-2012, 04:31 PM   #161
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Did you get a dose of amphibious adventure at Tahuya? Not many Joshua trees to dodge around there, eh?
Spent more time being lost than riding, which is typical for me in Tahuya. Brent will soon be a local though, and lead everyone else around. We had quite good weather, no long snorkels required. Yet.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:08 PM   #162
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Ok, here's how I see it. What Broke Now asked if Tahuya was wet. Wetside said not yet. I say....soggy wet feet in the first two minutes is WET.

When I see a puddle of water I get tense and call it a wet ride.

There was a puddle at the staging area that freaked me out so I practiced riding through it while Wetside looked on in disbelief.

After that we had a blast.





My phone takes really bad pictures but more to the point... this stuff made me seize up bigtime.



The downed trees where cool though.





We checked out some "illegal for two wheels" stuff that I enjoyed quite a bit.





The Tahuya river had water but was definitely Not "pumping".





The woods were Very Cool.













and pretty







We had some trouble with this little guy. A bit too high and a bit too heavy.





And!!! We found our vehicles and didn't have to spend the night lost in the Great Northwet.




Thanks very much Wetside for the fun day. Let's Ride!
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:32 PM   #163
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the (husky)varmit rides again. Good to see you were able to hook up, Dan is a great guy.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:38 PM   #164
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Always be wary of Mason County, Brent. I personally attended a rainstorm there a few yrs ago that went 6" in one hour.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEG8tfXb0VI
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:27 PM   #165
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slick roots and puddles.... oh how i miss them.
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